It’s such a regular occurrence here at Haunted Scotland – and previously as the founding member and owner of Scottish Paranormal – that my email box begins to fill up with requests for information on the best places to stay (with a haunting of course) along with where to visit and, in my opinion, what I suggest through my experiences.
As we approach Halloween, I wanted to offer a few suggestions to get you in the spirit of the season and allow you to get those plans made early.
The Real Mary Kings Close
The Real Mary King’s Close is a warren of underground streets and spaces. It can be a strange concept to understand – back in the 1600’s, Mary King’s Close and neighbouring Closes were at the heart of Edinburgh’s busiest and most vibrant streets, open to the skies and bustling with traders selling their wares to the Old Town’s residents.
Ghostly sounds, beam alarms broken by unseen forces and even moving shadows have been witnessed over a three-year period of research in the close. The most extensive conducted and with very spooky results, even recounting it all now sends a shiver up the spine. If you have not already, check out the ghostly voice captured on video and audio device or the photography from down the close which allows you to soak up the atmosphere.
This location is the most active and spine-chilling location I have researched.
The Dark Truth Tour
Thursday 31st October
Following its Fringe sell-out, this special late night tour returns once more to delve deep into Edinburgh’s murky past. Back by popular demand for one night only, it’s no coincidence that we chose Halloween to bring more of Edinburgh’s most haunting characters to life!
10 – 21.00 (last tour)
- Adult £12.95
- Senior (60+) £11.45
- Student (ID required) £11.45
- Child (5 – 15 years) £7.45 *
- * not suitable for children under 5
The Edinburgh Vaults
Does it really need an Introduction? The Edinburgh Vaults or South Bridge Vaults are a series of chambers formed in the nineteen arches of the South Bridge in Edinburgh, Scotland, which was completed in 1788. For around 30 years, the vaults were used to house taverns, cobblers and other tradesmen, and as storage space for illicit material, reportedly including the bodies of people killed by serial killers Burke and Hare for medical experiments.
The frequent reports of paranormal activity and ghost sightings resulted in Living TV’s, Most Haunted, to investigate the vaults in both a 24 hour investigation and for a Most Haunted Live show on Halloween 2006 which included a studio appearance by yours truly.
The television show Ghost Adventures investigated the vaults and claimed to have numerous encounters with spirits there.
An insider tip from me, if down here, check out the back corridor extensively..you will get the most activity on a physical level at this area. Shhh do not tell everyone though
Thursday 31st October
Exclusive access to the most extensive set of Underground Vaults beneath the South Bridge in the Old Town of Edinburgh. Untouched since they were abandoned in the early nineteenth century, the Underground Vaults are unique. They provide a setting that fires the imagination, commands all your senses, and stimulates your sixth!
Meet up at the Mercat Cross at the times stated in the link and then be taken deep underground for a Vigil where anything may happen.
5 hours underground at £50 – Please visit the official site
The Covenanter’s Prison
I’ve reported extensively on this location in the past 24 hours, and with good reason, as it’s truly an atmospheric place. Greyfriars and the Covenanter’s prison have a world-wide reputation of being haunted. The malevolent spirit, said to be that of the notorious ‘Bluidy’ George Mackenzie, who was buried there in 1691, is the prime suspect with regards to some frightening occurrences. The ‘Mackenzie Poltergeist’, as he is affectionately known, is alleged to be the cause of such events including, but not limited to, bruising, bites and cuts on those who come into contact. Many visitors have reported feeling strange sensations, especially dread.
Here is a video of possible spirit voices to whet your appetite…
When I think of The Covenanter’s Prison and a man with extensive knowledge – not to mention damn fine author – Jan Andrew Henderson comes to mind. You must go on one of his tours into this frightening area….
HALLOWE’EN NIGHT – SAT 2nd NOV. 7.30pm, 8.00pm, 8.30pm, 9.00pm, 9.30pm, 10.00pm
£13.00 (£11.00 discount £9.00 child) Tour lasts approx 1 hour 45 mins
Details may be subject to change so please do visit his site Here
In addition to the fantastic locations above, may I suggest other events to keep you going over this October holiday.
Spooky Halloween Weekend At Scone Palace
Join Scone Palace for Spooky Hallowe’en Weekend on 26th and 27th October. Activities include: Spooky Puppet Shows, daily at 12.00noon, 1.00pm, 2.00pm and 3.00pm. Bat Trail in the Maze, Fancy Dress Comptition, Doukin’ for Apples, Glitter Tatoos, Pottery Painting and a Creepy Lucky Dip! Grounds Only Admission Charges
Children’s Halloween Ghost Hunt
Enjoy an afternoon chasing ghosts and ghoulies in our historic garden!! Catch one and get its clue, collect all 12 clues to complete the hunt! Suitable for 5-12 year olds. Please bring an accompanying adult.
Whatever you do this Halloween, I truly hope you have a fantastic time.
Stay Safe & Have Fun
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Paranormal Research & Consciousness Exploration
Contact Ryan: Ryan@Haunted-Scotland.co.uk